Welcome to the School of History

With over fifty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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History Honours Advising 2018/19 - Advising Timetable

Please check the following link for important information about Honours Advising for the 2018/19 Academic session. The information is also available as a PDF download

Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.


Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded CBE

Congratulations to Carole Hillenbrand, Professorial Fellow in Islamic History, who has been recognised with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the understanding of Islamic History . The awards have been given as part of celebrations marking HRH The Queen’s 92nd birthday.



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EMMH Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 17 October

‘The Architect of Victory: Lord Castlereagh and the Defeat of Napoleon’ ~ Toby White, M.Litt Candidate
Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Medieval History Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 17 October
Hailey Ogle
'An Overlooked Emotion: Bravery in the Hugh Middle Ages'.
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Insitute of Legal and Constitutional Research
Thurs, 18 October
ILCR in association with the Constitution Reform Group and These Islands
Speakers include Lord Salisbury, Gisela Stuart, and the Chancellor of the University, Lord Campbell.

"The Union: Past, Present, and Future"
2.30 pm, Parliament Hall

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 18 October
Professor Michael Brown (University of St Andrews)
‘Leading the Realm’s Estate: Royal Authority and the transformation of fifteenth-century Scotland’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

GRADskills Training
Thurs, 18 October
Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith
PhD How to Write a Thesis
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Institute of Intellectual History
Tues, 23 October
Paul Wood (Victoria, Canada)

“The Rise and Fall of the Common Sense ‘School’ of Philosophy”
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 1 November
Stuart Carroll (York)
'Political Justice, Protestant Violence and the Outbreak of the French Wars of Religion’
5.15 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre, followed by a wine reception

Late Modern History
Mon, 5 November
Tom O’Malley (Aberystwyth University) 
Mobilising for total war: the UK press during the Second World War
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 5 November
Denis Renevey, Christiana Whitehead and Hazel Blair (Lausanne)

Geographies of Northern English Sanctity in the Later Middle Ages
5.15 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

For full information about the seminar programme please click here